Peregrine heart stopper

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Subject: Peregrine heart stopper
From: "Val Ford" <>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2006 09:00:52 +1100
Hi all
As I casually wandered onto my local beach [Koonya, Mornington Peninsula NP, Vic] this morning to check on 'my' Hooded Plovers I encountered a Peregrine Falcon feeding on the beach less than 40 metres away from me. 
 "Oh my god what is it eating?" I though as my heart thumped away.  "Is it the 4 week old Hooded Plover juvenile?"
I slowly calmed down and sat on some rocks nearby.  When my hands stopped shaking enough to hold the binoculars I could see that it was feeding on a very freshly killed Silver Gull.  What a relief!!
However even though the HP parents were still behaving as if they still had an unfledged juvenile, I did not see it.  I am hoping and praying that it wasn't entree for the Peregrine.
Sorrento, Vic
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